Stargazing is not just for scientists and astrophotographers. There are few experiences as humbling and enthralling as beholding a clear, starry night sky. The outer-space shines on, night after night, from light years away, waiting to be discovered.
In a world where light pollution is actually a thing, it can be a challenge to find a place away from the city glow to explore the night sky. Tripoto has put together a guide to witness the infinite beauty and the ineffable vastness of the cosmos that we share with the stars. Few places to stargaze in India:
1. Nubra Valley – Leh Ladakh
4. Neil Island – Andaman & Nicobar
5. Shahapur – Maharashtra
6. Pangong Tso – Leh, Ladakh
7. Shanti Stupa – Leh, Ladakh
To help you plan your first stargaze night-out, here are a few simple tips
- Watch the moon: Get familiar with the Lunar Calendar. New moon is the absolute best time to stargaze.
- Weather: Preferably clear sky with minimal clouds and slow wind speed.
- Where: Get as far away as possible from a city. Chase darkness.
- Equipment: Carry light weight astro-telescope or DSLR camera with wide-angle zoom lens (Optional).
- Mobile App: Download Google Skymap App to locate stars, constellations, planets and pole star.
- Travel accessories: Carry camp tents, torch and food for the night.
- Research: Do your research on movements of stars, planets, comets and moon.